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Roadrunners roam Mission Trails Page 8


Handmade with love at Grossmont Center


Auto tech program return



L A popular automotive training program returns to Cuyamaca College. Page 2


Paying for a new stadium Verge Apartments are biggest addition to Allied Gardens since the 1970s. (Photo by Jeremy Ogul)

Residents begin moving into 444-unit apartment complex

Taxpayers will be on the hook under new stadium financing plan. Page 3


Author event in San Carlos

Neighbors say traffic, parking issues must be resolved Jeremy Ogul Editor


early seven years after the City Council voted to approve it, the Verge Apartments are finally a reality. Much of the 444-unit luxury apartment complex is still under

Caitlin Rother will discuss her bestselling true crime novels. Page 12


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construction on Mission Gorge Road at Greenbrier Avenue, but the first tenants began moving into the finished units in July. Approximately 10 percent of the units are occupied now, but the complex should be fully occupied by the end of the year, said Justin Wald, the community manager for Verge. The apartment project — origi-

nally known as Archstone Mission Gorge — is the largest addition to the neighborhood since the late 1970s, when several neighboring apartment and condominium complexes were built. Many nearby homeowners remain unhappy with the development. Residents on Greenbrier Avenue, in particular, are upset that the new traffic signal at Mission Gorge and Greenbrier was See VERGE page 10

Rare July f lood at Alvarado Creek frustrates neighbors

All the stuffed animals at Handmade are crafted by shop owner Katharine Bowen and given their own names. (Photo by Genevieve Suzuki)

apparently left there by work crews when the Grantville trolley station was under construction. Bill Harris, spokesperson for city’s Transportation and Storm Water Department, says independent action is not a good idea. “Well, after they got through facing all the citations, fines, and possible legal charges, they’d still have problems there,” he said. It appears, however, that the local government will

tribute to the spirit of the animal it represents. “I have always loved stuffed animals,” Bowen said. “When I was a child I had mountains of stuffed animals in my bedroom, which are now mountains of stuffed animals in my parents’ attic. Creating them was a merge of my love for stuffed animals, sewing and real animals.” Additionally, every Handmade pet has a name. “I named the fox ‘Theodore’ and the raccoon ‘Barbara,’ after my grandparents,” she said. “While watching a mother raccoon that came to my porch with her babies [one] night, I was reminded of my grandmother. While incredibly loving and caring, my grandmother will also let you know when you are out of line or acting a fool, much like a mother raccoon. My grandfather is the sly trickster of the family; it only seemed appropriate to make him a fox.” The dolls lining the shelves in the little shop, which looks like a crafty Etsy store brought to life,

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fter years of cleaning up and repairing damage caused by the regular flooding of the Alvarado Creek channel, a number of business and property owners are ready to simply take chainsaws and axes to the thick vegetation that clogs the creek in the Grantville area. The creek channel is mostly hidden from public view behind industrial buildings along Mission Gorge Place, Mission Gorge Road and Alvarado Canyon Road. Though it is typically out of sight and out of mind, it is hard to miss when it spews water, dirt and debris onto the surrounding commercial properties. That happened once again during the unprecedented heavy rains on July 18 and 19. Dan Smith of El Dorado Properties says the overgrown vegetation in the creek is a big part of what causes it to overflow when it rains. “It’s just really frustrating,” Smith said. “The whole channel is choked with bamboo and all kinds of non-native, invasive growth that environmental regulations won’t allow us to touch.” That doesn’t even consider at least one massive chunk of concrete in the middle of the channel,

ocal shop owner Katharine Bowen’s heart may be softer than the stuffed animals she crafts by hand. Bowen, 27, owns Handmade Market, the newest store in Grossmont Center. She is dedicating 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of her stuffed animals toward opening a no-kill animal rescue. It’s not entirely surprising that animals are Bowen’s passion — each of her unique creations is a thoughtful

A commercial parking lot was covered with mud after July rains. (Courtesy Randal Densley)


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Automotive technology training program returns to Cuyamaca College Della Elliott


ord ASSET, the only automotive technology training program of its kind in the county, is revved up to start anew at Cuyamaca College for the fall semester, and there is still time to enroll. The Aug. 17 start of the fall semester marks the program’s return at the Rancho San Diego college after a recession-driven downturn and the retirement of the veteran instructor who started the program at the college in 1988 put the program in hiatus in 2013. One of only three in the state, the college’s Ford ASSET (Automotive Student Service Education Training) is recognized as one of the best training programs in the world, said its new instructor and coordinator, Brad McCombs. Cuyamaca College’s automotive technology program, which enrolls an average of 300 students each semester, is highly regarded, drawing students countywide and beyond because of its industry-recognized certifications. It also receives strong support from General Motors and Ford Motor Co., which provide vehicles, tools and educational partnerships through Ford ASSET and GM ASEP (Automotive Service Educational Program). Unlike most training programs in which students gain skills before employment,

Automotive students practice the trade at Cuyamaca College. (Courtesy Cuyamaca College)

ASSET and ASEP students are employed in the industry while they’re learning the skills. Ford, Lincoln, and GM auto dealerships sponsor the trainees, who alternate between on-campus instruction and paid work experience at the dealerships. The campus instruction for ASSET students consists of accelerated eight-week semesters, with classes meeting from 1-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Depending on the class size and sponsorship availability, openings are available in the program at the end of each session. The two-year program, which consists of 44 hours of instruction and 60 weeks of dealership training, demands a breadth of training and knowledge in not

only automotive-related subjects but also academic subjects such as technical mathematics, applied physics, history, English and social studies. The payoff? An associate of science degree transferable to California state universities, Ford Motor Co. certifications, and a near-guaranteed job upon graduation. According to Ford Motor Co., 99 percent of ASSET graduates get hired at Ford or Lincoln dealerships. By the time graduation rolls around, nearly all the trainees are already employed at the dealerships. “This is one of our premiere programs,” said Wei Zhou, interim president of Cuyamaca College. “It is a great partnership with the community and

our automotive dealerships.” The students earn between $8-$10 an hour while undergoing the training, but typically make between $35,000 and $50,000 upon completion of the program. According to U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, many master technicians earn from $70,000 to $100,000 annually because of commissions. With fewer Ford dealerships in the region than during pre-recession times, the competition for a paid sponsorship is stiffer these days, but McCombs is working to change the program to expand its scope and availability. He is currently in discussions with Ford representatives to open up the program to unpaid internships and those interested

in jobs as service writers and fleet managers – positions that don’t involve the hands-on work of technicians but still require detailed knowledge of vehicles. Classes such as the Ford ASSET and GM ASEP programs are critical to the industry as the primary source of trained technicians, industry representatives say. Because of the complexity of new vehicles, a growing number of employers require workers to have postsecondary training, according to the labor department, which describes the job outlook as “very good” for automotive technicians. “The work-experience component of this program is the most important part,” McCombs said. “If you have a relationship with a dealership, your likelihood of employment is really high.” Because the sponsorships are so critical to the success of the students and program, McCombs is personally involved in the dealership placements. He arranges for interviews and accompanies students starting the program for an initial meeting with a potential sponsor. “We help students get jobs – it’s what we do at Cuyamaca College,” he said. More information about enrolling in the Ford ASSET program is available at www.cuyamaca. edu/people/brad-mccombs/ default.aspx. —Della Elliott writes on behalf of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District.■


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A conceptual stadium design has been created by Populous, an internationally known architectural firm. (Courtesy of

New stadium plan would be bigger taxpayer investment in football Liam Dillon

Voice of San Diego


ayor Kevin Faulconer’s report touting a new stadium proposal for the Chargers claimed it as “an opportunity to get a better deal for taxpayers” than what we already lose on Qualcomm Stadium. But it did not say the plan would cost taxpayers less than what we’re losing. If it is accepted and implemented, it will cost taxpayers more. And adding to public exposure, the county of San Diego — whose taxpayers have enjoyed the Chargers without sacrificing general fund dollars for the team — will now have its own payments to absorb. Importantly, though, it would cap the public contribution so there wouldn’t be any unexpected hits to the budget in the future.

Key facts:

The city’s proposed $200 million contribution to building a new stadium works out to an annual loan repayment of $13 million a year for the next three decades, according to city financial officials. This year, we’re losing $14.1 million operating and maintaining the old Qualcomm stadium. So the new deal already calls for us to spend basically what we do now. Nowhere in the new sta-

dium plan does it mention the money we still owe on the last Qualcomm renovation. No matter what happens, we’re paying $4.8 million a year through 2027. This means we have roughly a decade of $18 million annual payments toward football stadiums – money that would otherwise go to police, fire, roads and other general city services. On top of this, we’d add $150 million in cash from the county’s general fund. This is money that could otherwise go toward county services, like its libraries and parks. Monday’s plan does make three key assumptions that are necessary to keep the deal from being worse for taxpayers. It says that the Chargers should be on the hook for: Operating and maintaining the stadium, which is a huge loss for city taxpayers now at Qualcomm. Any cost overruns on the construction of the new stadium. Any failure of $188 million in personal seat license sales pegged toward stadium construction to meet projections. Faulconer and other leaders described the split between the NFL and Chargers and taxpayer contribution to the projected $1.1 billion stadium as two private dollars for every public dollar. This is true, and it’s the reason why there’s lots of chatter about

the deal being unacceptable to the team. But make no mistake: This plan is a major taxpayer investment – one larger than city and county taxpayers are already making on football now. One other point. This shows how much land sales and development rights matters in this deal. City and county leaders took development dollars off the table for legal reasons when they decided to do a quick environmental review for the project. If land sales were still available, another quarter-billion dollars would go a long way toward reducing the direct taxpayer subsidy and potentially make the team happier, too. Correction: An earlier version of this post incorrectly said the city’s total subsidy to the stadium this year was $12.8 million, which left out some capital costs. We’ve also clarified the sections of the post related to the county’s share of the project and the existing Qualcomm debt. —Liam Dillon is senior reporter and assistant editor for Voice of San Diego. He leads VOSD’s investigations and writes about how regular people interact with local government. What should he write about next? Please contact him directly at liam. or 619-550-5663.■

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NEIGHBORHOODS Allied Gardens Farmers Market brings community together Scott



he popularity of the new Allied Gardens Farmers Market has succeeded beyond anyone’s imagination. Not only has the market provided a much-needed option for fresh fruits and vegetables, it is also helping to bring the Allied Gardens community together. When the local Albertsons grocery store unexpectedly announced it would close, the news took everyone in the community by surprise. This is why I approached the Grantville-Allied Gardens Kiwanis Club with the idea of creating a temporary farmers market. Members of the club ran with the idea and worked diligently to make it a reality. I am truly thankful to the Kiwanis Club for taking the lead on this important project. When the farmers market opened, it quickly became apparent that it would be more than just a place to buy produce. It also isn’t just about the cost. Anyone can stop by their local Costco to find cheap items; the farmers market brought much more to the community. It became a place where neigh-

bors could meet neighbors and catch up on the latest news from the community, sample a variety of foods, listen to live music, and enjoy beautiful arts and craft booths. In short, it became a wonderful community success story. Residents can even grab a bite of delicious food at the farmers market and head over to the Allied Gardens Recreation Center to enjoy the Concert in the Park series. Even though the market was expected to only be temporary, there will still be many more months where residents can come to enjoy the new attraction. In fact, once a new tenant is found to move into the old Albertsons location, the goal is to move the farmers market to another location nearby. I urge anyone who has not yet been to the market to attend and give it a try. The farmers market is located on the corner of Waring Road and Zion Avenue and is open every Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. Hope to see you there! —Scott Sherman is the elected San Diego City Councilmember for District 7, which includes the neighborhoods of San Carlos, Allied Gardens, Del Cerro and Grantville. Call Sherman’s office at 619-236-6677 or email him at ■


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News from the San Carlos Recreation Council John F. Pilch


he major action item on the Sept. 16 San Carlos/Lake Murray Recreation Council agenda will be an application by T-Mobile for a Conditional Use Permit to install “two new 70-foot-tall light standards, supporting antennas, and an above-ground equipment enclosure and park equipment storage room.” If you’re interested in hearing more about this proposal, please plan to attend the meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Navajo room at the San Carlos Recreation Center, 6445 Lake Badin Ave. We want to hear from the public, especially nearby residents, about the project and ask that you bring your questions and comments for the Recreation Council members to consider prior to a vote to recommend approval or denial of the project. ***** An update on the proposed joint-use agreement to install artificial turf on the dirt field at Gage Elementary School on Bisby Lake Avenue: Recall that the Recreation Council voted unanimously in favor of the project, with the chair abstaining but in favor of the project. The Recreation Council made the following recommendations to the city’s Park & Recreation Board for consideration at their June 18 meeting: 1) the surface should be the modern type of artificial turf; 2) no lights are to be placed in or around the field area; 3) access gates are to be locked at dusk, especially on weekends; 4) the track around the fields should be 10 feet wide rather than 5 feet; 5) an extra hour before and after school should be added for the school’s use for students; 6) some type of noise reduction should be installed around the site; 7) signage should indicate that “no pets are allowed on the field”; and 8) both ramps to the field site should remain open, rather than just one from Hudson Drive. This item was continued by the city’s Park & Recreation Board at their June 18 meeting and was scheduled to be heard as an action item at their July 16 meeting. Unfortunately, that meeting was cancelled, so the item will hopefully be heard at the board’s September meeting. We hope to attend to reinforce the recommendations we made. ***** Registration for Fall programs (September through November), including the volleyball and flag football leagues, will open at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 22. Programs and leagues can fill up quickly, so we encourage patrons to register on time to ensure participation. ***** The City Council and Mayor have approved the fee schedule for Fiscal Year 2016. You can see the final fee schedule

at The new fees are effective Sept. 8. Any permit or registration finalized in ActiveNet on or after Sept. 8 will be charged the new fees. ***** With respect to the drought, watering has been reduced at all city parks. Deputy Director Kathy Ruiz has stated that her target is a 25 percent reduction of water use, which is higher than the 16 percent reduction requested by Mayor Kevin Faulconer. We’ve been asked to remind all sports field users that watering is not allowed between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. as ordered by the mayor and City Council. That includes watering the fields between games during the day. Violators may jeopardize their permits to use the fields. Please help to conserve water and abide by this mandate, not only at sports fields but everywhere. ***** One final item deals with the Lake Murray Community Park, especially the area near the playground. As was previously reported, the new shade structure on the south side of the playground has been installed, with thanks to Councilmember Scott Sherman and his San Carlos representative, Ryley Webb. It covers the existing Americans With Disabilities Act-compliant picnic table. We’re pleased to report that another double ADA-compliant picnic table was installed in June. The Recreation Council made this purchase with funds donated by the Lake Murray Playground Project (LMPP) Committee to enhance the area adjacent to the playground and to allow for more picnics to occur under the shade structure. We hope you enjoy the shade structure, the tables and the playground, which is almost three years old and still looking great. The equipment gets a lot of use, which is terrific and the reason it was installed – for the community and our neighbors. By the way, we’re working with the city and the LMPP folks to resolve the problem with the grout in the sidewalk pavers. ***** That’s it. We hope you enjoy visiting the San Carlos Park and Recreation Center and the other parks in our community and take advantage of the available programs. If you have questions or need more information, please contact the Rec Center at 619-527-3443. Kristy and her staff will be happy to assist. The San Carlos/Lake Murray Recreation Council meets on the third Wednesday of odd-numbered months at 6:30 p.m. at the San Carlos Recreation Center. —John F. Pilch is chair of the San Carlos/Lake Murray Recreation Council. Write to him at■

Thick vegetation grows in the middle of the Alvarado Creek channel, blocking the flow of water during heavy rain. (Courtesy Randal Densley)

Flood, from page 1 finally take some remedial action fairly shortly, possibly early as October, Harris said. That was confirmed by Eric Becker of the Regional Water Quality Control Board. “We will in all likelihood approve the city’s application for emergency maintenance work as early as next month,” Becker said. “After that, it’s a matter of what the city wants to

do, and when it wants to do it. We know the problems there, and we’d like to see it taken care of, too.” It would seem like a straightforward solution to simply clear the channel of whatever is blocking it, but the whole scenario regarding is more than a little complicated and involves more than just the city of San Diego. The city of La Mesa has a piece of the overall Alvarado Creek problem, as does San


Diego State University, the Metropolitan Transit System and the Army Corps of Engineers. Harris said the Army Corps, which has sometimes been a roadblock to channel improvement and cleanup in the past, is very much on the city’s side this time. The reason the regional water board is ready to approve work around Grantville is simple — the city has the only application in process there. There are problems all along the winding channel of Alvarado Creek, and in the best of all worlds, the problems would be attacked along the entire channel route. But Becker says there’s no problem simply dealing with the mess along the lower creek channel — the Grantville and Mission Gorge sections — separately. “There’s an obvious problem there,” Becker said. “We’ve done this before in that area, and we can do it again.” As much flooding as the twoday mid-July storm caused, a lot of people are dreading the forecast possibility of heavy rains due to the “Godzilla” El Nino scientists expect to hit California this winter. Harris, who’s made a study of all this, says El Nino doesn’t work quite that way, or shouldn’t. That may be cold comfort to people who pay too much attention to overblown, the-sky-is-gonnafall television news stories, and not enough to the scientists who actually do know this stuff. —Doug Curlee is the editor at large. Write to him at doug@sdcnn. com.■


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Keeping promises Kevin Faulconer


Quality preschools worth our $50M investment Kimberly Medeiros Aside from parents, preschool teachers play the most important role in preparing a child for school and the rest of their lives. While parents provide the nurturing and support, teachers have the special skillset and wealth of knowledge needed to guide our children through meaningful early learning experiences. Investing in preschools fulfills the mission of First 5 San Diego to make sure all children in San Diego County up to age 5 are healthy, loved, nurtured, and enter school as active learners. We feel so strongly about this investment that First 5 San Diego has allocated $50 million to The Quality Preschool Initiative. We’ve seen The Quality Preschool Initiative provide high-quality preschool at no cost, regardless of family income, in 16 high-need communities - Borrego Springs, Central San Diego, Chula Vista, El Cajon, Escondido, Fallbrook, Lemon Grove, Mountain Empire, National City, Oceanside, Ramona, San Ysidro, South Bay, Spring Valley, Valley Center/ Pauma, and Vista. This amounts to a sizable savings for families in San Diego who might not otherwise be able to afford to send their child or children to preschool. The current cost for a year of quality preschool education amounts to $5,650. This figure is unattainable for many San Diego County residents living paycheck to paycheck. Parents face the choice of feeding their family or spending this amount of money on preschool, even if they understand the value.

The savings and benefits reach far beyond the student and their family. Multiple studies show that children who attend a quality preschool program get a better start in life, perform better in school and are less likely to turn to crime later in life. It costs an average of $47,000 per year to house a prison inmate in California, amounting to billions every year. Can preschool help lower the cost we spend on prisons? We think so. We are not alone in this mission. Early Edge California points out, for the third consecutive State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama underscored the importance of investing in early childhood education. Although state and federal funding exists for preschool education, The Quality Preschool Initiative fills the gap between what’s provided and what’s needed for a truly enriching education. Imagine a backpack. If a child qualifies for public assistance, their backpack is partially full with books. If a child is eligible for the Quality Preschool Initiative, the remainder of the backpack is filled by giving that child’s preschool what it needs for maintaining and improving high quality preschool programs. We hope San Diego parents see the importance of early childhood education. Whether your child is enrolled in a program through The Quality Preschool Initiative or in a program paid for through the bank of mom and dad, a quality preschool education is critical to the development of our children. —Kimberly Medeiros is executive director of First 5 San Diego.■


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Every New Year, many of us make routine resolutions hoping for unconventional change. But by the summer, we’ve often forgotten those old pledges. At my State of the City address in January, I renewed my commitment to put neighborhoods first and spread opportunities to every community. Halfway through the year, I have not forgotten these resolutions. Over the past several months, I’ve worked hard to create my new One San Diego budget — a balanced city budget that funds neighborhood improvements, paves hundreds of miles of roads and improves parks throughout San Diego. It’s also the first budget in years that our City Council passed by a unanimous vote across party lines. As a result, this July the city of San Diego started repairing more streets, installing new streetlights and expanding recreation center and library hours. When I ran for mayor, I promised to dedicate half of all major revenue growth to improving our neighborhoods and aging infrastructure. My One San Diego budget fulfills that commitment and more. It doubles the amount of street repairs compared to the year I first took office. In fact, we are fixing more than 300 miles of roads in one year alone. It’s the first step in my plan to repair 1,000 miles of streets over the next five years. We know that communities can only take full advantage of economic and educational opportunities when they feel safe and secure. So in January, I pledged to reduce the inequality in emergency response times in our city. My One San Diego budget adds an additional fire-rescue fast response squad to improve emergency response times in neighborhoods that need it most. It also funds four police academies and begins a new police contract to recruit and retain officers. Every San Diegan deserves the opportunity to thrive, particularly our children. It’s why expanding neighborhoods services that benefit youth are a key component to this financial plan. The budget improves parks and playgrounds in every city council district, increases operating hours by 33 percent in 36 recreation centers, and triples Internet speeds at all branch libraries. From festive barbecues at our neighborhood parks to ComicCon’s spectacular showcase in the Gaslamp, summer is an exciting time for families and children in San Diego. It also serves as a time for reflection and marks an important halfway point in the year. As your mayor, I’m excited to share with you what we’ve accomplished so far to improve infrastructure, public safety and neighborhood services. This is how we create opportunities for every San Diegan — and make sure that promises made are promises kept. —Kevin Faulconer is the mayor of San Diego. Learn more about the mayor at about/index.shtml, reach him at, or follow him on or @kevin_faulconer on Twitter.■

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Public safety issues on the agenda at next Republican Women meeting Judy



he real-world consequences of Proposition 47, the voterapproved proposition that turns many felonies into misdemeanors, will be the focus of the Navajo Canyon Republican Women Federated luncheon meeting on Oct. 10 at the Brigantine in La Mesa. Check-in time for the 11 a.m. meeting begins at 10:30 a.m. A full-course lunch will be served at noon, with the speakers following at 12:30 p.m. Cost is $20; reservations are required. RSVP to or call Glenda at 619-284-0958. The dis-

cussion will be very informative, and we hope you’ll attend. Tia Quick, Deputy District Attorney for 23 years, is currently assigned as the law enforcement liaison to the San Diego Police Department and nine other agencies. She works specifically on informant issues, search warrants and arrest warrants. Tia will be speaking on Prop. 47, which was sold to voters as a measure to make neighborhoods and schools safer while decreasing the number of minor offenders in state prison. Instead, it appears to have had the opposite effect in areas where it matters most — property crimes and violent crimes. Judge Patricia Cookson, who has served for 23 years, has

presided over Drug Court for more than 13 years, and also established the additional East County Drug Court. Previously, as a Deputy District Attorney, Cookson was named female prosecutor of the year. She will be speaking to NCRWF about the Drug Court, which she believes is a proven, highly successful collaborative court that focuses on rehabilitation instead of custody. Oktoberfest, La Mesa’s annual fall celebration, will be Oct. 2 and 3 this year, and NCRWF will be staffing a booth on the west side of Spring Street both days. Our booth will feature another straw poll on your favorite presidential candidates and feature voter registration and information on the 2016 candidates and issues. Elected officials and candidates will be visiting our booth, and the San Diego Young Republicans group will help us staff it. It’s always a fun event for everyone. We hope you’ll stop by. For more information on all our activities, visit us at or join us on Facebook. —Judy McCarty is publicity chairman for the Navajo Canyon Republican Women Federated. Write to her at■

GMO expert to address local Democratic club Linda Armacost and Jeff Benesch


t’s been a memorable summer for the La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club, which serves San Carlos, Allied Gardens, Grantville, Del Cerro, College Area, La Mesa, Mt. Helix, Santee and other nearby East County communities. First, our July Party in the Park was a big hit with members and guests as we thanked Councilmember Marti Emerald for her years of service. Then, our August meeting featured Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, who, along Chrisy Selder of CARR, wowed the audience with a progress report on bills that promise to have a significant impact on San Diego and the State of California. And now, our Sept. 2 meeting promises more of the same. We’ll be hosting Steven M. Druker, a well-known attorney and author who will be sure to pack our La Mesa Community Center venue and provide us with an eye-opening talk about the realities of genetically engineered food and how it’s already well established not only in our food system, but our political process as well. This event is co-sponsored by Citizens Oversight Projects with March Against Monsanto, San Diego. Please arrive early to guarantee a seat (limited to 350). A voluntary donation of $5 will be requested at the door to offset the costs of Druker’s appearance in La Mesa. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for our social time, and the meeting kicks off at 7 p.m. Druker is a public interest attorney who, as executive director of the Alliance for Bio Integrity, initiated a lawsuit that forced the Food and Drug Administration to divulge its files

on genetically engineered foods. This revealed that politically appointed administrators had covered up the extensive warnings of their own scientists about the unusual risks of these foods, misrepresented the facts and then ushered these novel products onto the market in violation of explicit mandates of federal food safety law. He is recognized as an expert on issues regarding the risks and the regulation of GE foods and has served on the food safety panels at conferences conducted by the National Research Council and the FDA. He has also lectured at numerous universities (including the Biological Laboratories at Harvard, Tel Aviv University and the University of Copenhagen) and met with government officials worldwide, including the United Kingdom’s Environmental Minister and the heads of food safety for the UK, France, Ireland and Australia. He was also invited to confer at the White House Executive Offices with an interagency task force of President Clinton’s Council on Environmental Quality. His articles on GE food have appeared in several respected publications, including The Congressional Quarterly Researcher, The Parliament Magazine and The Financial Times. Druker majored in philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in his junior year, and graduated with “Great Distinction in General Scholarship.” He also attended UC Berkeley’s law school, where he was elected to both the California Law Review and the Order of the Coif (the

legal honor society). His new book, “Altered Genes, Twisted Truth: How the Venture to Genetically Engineer Our Food Has Subverted Science, Corrupted Government, and Systematically Deceived the Public,” was released in March with a foreword by Jane Goodall that hailed it as “without doubt one of the most important books of the last 50 years.” Among the other scientists who have also praised it highly are David Schubert, a professor and laboratory director at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, who has called it “incisive, insightful, and truly outstanding.” Druker will have copies of the book available for sale and signing at the meeting. Our membership rolls are surging as local progressives discover our club and its unique combination of great monthly programs, community involvement, progressive idealism and our efforts to elect public officials who share our passion for middle class representation, equality for all peoples and respect for our planet and environment. Please join us on the first Wednesday of every month at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive at University Avenue. We’ll again be manning a booth at La Mesa’s Oktoberfest, so be sure to drop by and see us. Check out our calendar at Lamesafoothillsdemocraticclub. com and like us on Facebook. Become part of our wonderful community and bring a friend. —Linda Armacost is president and Jeff Benesch is vice president of programming for the La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club.■

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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT Alvarado Hospital expands healthcare services To better meet the needs of the community, Alvarado Hospital is expanding several important services: Brand-new, state-of-the-art emergency department will add 24 beds along the busy I-8 corridor. Advanced Spine & Joint Institute, which opened in July, offers minimally invasive, laser, and robotic-assisted procedures and features a healing-designed unit reflecting San Diego’s beautiful landscapes and landmarks. Leading-edge digital mammography suite — opening in October — will launch with a community “Battle of the Bras” design contest to bring awareness to importance of regular mammograms. Innovative geriatric-psychiatric unit will provide a muchneeded safety net for seniors who have both medical and mental conditions, such as Alzheimer’s. High-tech cardiac catherization lab to support the facility’s other two cath labs to expand care for heart attack patients. Re-engineered ICU to provide critical care in a more patientand family-centric unit. To learn more, visit or call (800) ALVARADO. Alvarado is located next to SDSU.


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Cartoon characters enliven Mission Trails Regional Park Audrey F.


Trail Guide


ales of Wile E. Coyote and the Roadrunner come alive at Mission Trails. Come delve into the true lives of these remarkable comic icons. The greater roadrunner, with a 24-inch body length, is North America’s largest cuckoo. His cartoonish appearance (bushy crest, slender bill and long legs), embedded in our shared imagination, allows him to jump straight up and snag bats or hummingbirds while they are in flight. True to his name, he patrols the trail, running down prey. Renowned for hunting rattlesnakes, the Kumeyaay celebrated the roadrunner’s courage, swiftness and endurance. His exotic diet also includes small mammals, insects, black widow spiders and, for desert dwellers, poisonous lizards and scorpions. This terrestrial bird rarely flies. Concealing its nest three to 10 feet above ground in the crotch of bushes, cacti or trees, the roadrunner glides from perch to ground.

topics in nature with your MTRP Trail Guide. Join us for a relaxed morning stroll on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 9:00-10:30 a.m. We meet at the boat docks at Lake Murray, 5540 Kiowa Drive, La Mesa. Birding Old Mission Dam with MTRP Resident Birders Jeanne Raimond and Millie Basden is your opportunity to explore bird populations at our national historic site. During the dry season, area waters are a bird magnet for both resident and migratory species. Binoculars and bird book are recommended. Saturday, Sept. 19, 8 to 10 a.m. We meet at Old Mission Dam parking lot, 2 Father Junipero Serra Trail, near the Santee city limits.

As to those fabled contests with Coyote, the roadrunner is wily, too. He camouflages himself well in the chaparral. Our MTRP Trail Guide walks are an opportunity to learn more about natural Southern California, with its unique landscapes, habitats, local history, and diverse plant and animal life. The walks are free, interesting, fact-filled, and geared to all ages and interests. Grab sturdy shoes, comfortable hat, water bottle and sunscreen and hit the trail! Morning walks are offered every Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. You’ll start from the park’s Visitor and Interpretive Center at 1 Father Junipero Serra Trail in San Carlos. The walk beginning from the Kumeyaay Lake Campground Entry Station at 2 Father Junipero Serra Trail (near the Santee city limits), gives a different perspective of the park and its diverse habitats. These walks are offered from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month, and take in historic Old Mission Dam.

Summer Twilight Walk focuses on the nocturnal world of MTRP as dusk sets in and transitions into night. Bring a jacket and flashlight. The Trail Guide-led adventure is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19. Meet at Bushy Hill parking lot, across from Kumeyaay Lake Campground Entry Station.

A greater roadrunner at Mission Trails (Photos by David Cooksy)

Wildlife Tracking reveals the secret lives of animals and brings insight into their survival techniques and habits. Tracking Team members assist in identifying and interpreting tracks, scat and habitats. Join us at 8:30 a.m.


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on Saturday, Sept. 5 in front of the Visitor Center for a two-hour tracking adventure. Discovery Table: Bird Beaks investigates the wide variety of beak shapes and sizes, their specialized features, and how a bird’s beak enhances its wearer’s lifestyle. Test your skill matching beak to bird inside the Visitor Center on Saturday, Sept. 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join us for a Star Party under a moonless sky as MTRP Resident Stargazer George Varga scopes one of our galaxy’s finest binaries, the double star Albireo, as well as Lyra’s Ring Nebula (M57), the globular clusters of Sagittarius (M22) and Pegasus (M15), and the Dubbell Nebula (M27) in Vulpecula. See you Saturday, Sept. 12, between 7 and 10 p.m. at the far end of the Kumeyaay Campground Day Use Parking Lot. (Clouding or rain will cancel the event.) La Mesa Walk ‘n Talk features scenic lakeshore environs as a backdrop to “chatting up”

Birding Basics, the 90-minute class conducted by Mission Trails Bird Guide Winona Sollock, teaches five simple techniques to identify birds “at a glance!” You’ll also pick up tips on using a bird field guide. (Bringing one is optional.) Class meets on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. inside the Visitor Center. Family Discovery Walk is an essential “family time” experience introducing young children to the wonders of nature. Offered Sunday, Sept. 27 from 3 to 4:30 p.m., this interactive outing for parents and their children focuses on childhood enrichment and fun along the trail to the Kumeyaay grinding rock site. Meet inside the Visitor Center. Whatever you choose to do, come on out and enjoy the park! Visit for more information and our events calendar, or call 619-668-3281. Special walks can be arranged for any club, group, business or school by contacting Ranger Chris Axtmann at 619-668-2746 or at —Audrey F. Baker is a Trail Guide at Mission Trails Regional Park.■


Art and culture offerings at Mission Trails Jay

Wilson Art in the Park fundraiser – Oct. 10

Enjoy an exciting, fun-filled evening at the fourth annual Art in the Park fundraising event on Saturday, Oct. 10, at the Visitor Center. The evening will include exceptional nature-themed art for purchase as well as an elegant assortment of hors d’oeuvres, wine, craft beer, scrumptious desserts and a fabulous silent auction. Live entertainment will be provided by renowned contemporary guitarist Fred Benedetti. All proceeds benefit the Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation. Tickets are $50 per guest and may be purchased at the Visitor Center or online at

Private special events at the Visitor Center

The MTRP Visitor Center and terrace is a great venue for an after-hours special event such as a wedding, corporate event, retirement party or celebration of life. Contact Maggie Holloway at 619-668-3280 for more information.

Amateur photo contest

Our 23rd amateur photo contest ends Aug. 31. Entries will be on display Sept. 12 through Oct. 9. Children 12 and under are encouraged to participate. Categories are: scenic views; people; flora and fauna; and black and white. There will be a category for digitally-enhanced color and black and white entries. For the entry form and more details, go to the “More News” section at

Children’s educational programs

Children’s “Nature Tales and Trails” classes for ages 4 and up will be held from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 15, Sept. 29, Oct. 13 and Oct. 20. “We will take a close look at our San Diego treasures through stories, songs, inquisitive thinking, scientific investigations, trail activities and artistic expression,” says naturalist Cindy Christ, who leads the classes. The theme for the Sept. 15 class is “Native Land, Kumeyaay Nation.” Students will engage in the tradition of grinding acorns, scraping yucca for fiber, painting pictographs and shaping pottery with red clay. On Sept. 29, the theme is “Young Chaparralian.” Students will take a close look at native plants composing the habitat we call chaparral. On Oct. 13, the theme is “Mammal Tracks,” and on Oct. 20, it is “Arachnids: 8 Legs are Great!”

Art Smarts

Art Smarts presents art classes for young people and adult beginners starting Sept. 5. The classes are led by artist and instructor Bette Ann Pierce. “We will engage with the gorgeous landscape, our doors for both inspiration and subject matter,” Pierce said. “I will be teaching students some of the important

View from the Visitor Center terrace. (Courtesy MTRP Foundation)

techniques used in classical fine art to create a three-dimensional look on a two-dimensional surface. All my class subject themes are based on nature and even blend in a little science.” All beginner art classes are open to young people ages 7 and up from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. On Sept. 5, the theme is “Sea Shells / Aqua Pastels.” Using pencil markers and watercolor pastels, students will draw sea shells and render them with aqua pastels. On. Sept. 26, the theme is “Clown Fish / Aqua Pencils.” Students will have fun learning how to draw clown fish with pencils and markers. On Oct. 3, the theme is “Sunsets / Water Color.” Students will learn the magic of “watercolor wash” in creating colorful sunset paintings. On Oct. 24, the theme is “Pumpkins and Gourds / Oil Pastels.” The concepts of rendering and shading will be explored in creating bright, seasonal pumpkin paintings. All advanced art classes are open to young people ages 7 and up as well as adult beginners from 2:45 to 4:45 p.m. On Sept. 5, the theme is “Oneand Two-Point Perspective / Charcoal.” Create the illusion of making a flat surface “pop out” and appear to be three-dimensional. On Sept. 26, the theme is “Rendering in Still Life / Charcoal.” We will be creating

art work from a still life set up in the classroom. On Oct. 3, the theme is “White Sage / Water Color.” Explore how to draw and use watercolor to render and shade while creating paintings of the white sage plant that grows in Mission Trails Regional Park. On Oct. 24, the theme is “Pumpkins / Oil Pastels.” This class will expand on the techniques learned in the Sept. 26 “Rendering in Still Life” class. For more information on the art and nature classes — including cost and reservation forms — go to the “More News” section at

Art exhibition

“In the Wild” is the exhibit on display at the Visitor Center through Sept. 11. It features the exquisite photography of Dolwain Green.

Music in the park

All concerts begin at 3 p.m. in the Visitor Center theater. On Aug. 23, we will have Celtic harpist Amy Kanner. On Aug. 29, we will feature the world percussion sounds of N. Scott Robinson. On Sept. 6, we will host guitarist Peter Pupping. —Jay Wilson is executive director of the Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation. Write to him at■

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LOCAL NEWS Verge, from page 1 designed in a way that makes it too easy for Verge residents and their guests to park in the single-family residential neighborhood. “What’s going to happen is everybody who can’t get a parking space or won’t pay for one is going to park over here and walk [back across Mission Gorge],” said Rick Fahmie, who has lived on Greenbrier for 36 years. That will make it impossible for the homeowners or their guests to find street parking, he said. “This is a neighborhood; it’s not Downtown where they’re used to parking aggravation,” he said. Fahmie and others said it wasn’t supposed to be this way. The City Council specifically discussed the design of the intersection at the Nov. 18, 2008 meeting in which the project was approved. “I want to make sure that there’s no new traffic that goes into Allied Gardens via Greenbrier,” Councilmember Jim Madaffer said then, according to a video recording of the meeting. Madaffer asked a city traffic engineer whether the traffic signal at the intersection of Mission Gorge and Greenbrier could be designed so

that cars exiting the new apartment complex would not be allowed to drive straight across Mission Gorge Road onto Greenbrier. “We’re trying to protect the residents, the single-family residents, from having another freeway off-ramp into the community, basically,” Madaffer said. Jim Lundquist, a city traffic engineer, said an intersection like that could be designed but had not been analyzed in the project’s environmental impact report. “I don’t believe that you would get the benefits from it that you may think there are,” Lundquist said. Madaffer disagreed, pointing out that an existing median on Mission Gorge Road blocked access to Greenbrier (except for right turns onto Greenbrier from the northbound lanes of Mission Gorge). Madaffer then reiterated that he wanted approval of the project to be conditional on no new traffic into Allied Gardens via Greenbrier. Anthony Wagner, who lives on Greenbrier and serves as president of the Allied Gardens-Grantville Community Council, remembered that City Council discussion when the new traffic signal was turned on earlier this summer. He wrote to city staff asking them to investigate.


News from religious organizations in our community Ascension Lutheran Church welcomes new organist

World-famous organist Robert Plimpton has joined Ascension Lutheran Church as interim music director and organist. Plimpton’s first service will be Sunday, Aug. 30 at 9:15 a.m. Plimpton is perhaps best known for his work as San Diego’s Civic Organist, performing weekly recitals on the Spreckels Organ in Balboa Park from 1984 to 2000. He was instrumental in founding the Spreckels Organ Society, which helps promote and expand the programming for the world-class instrument. Plimpton recently retired after more than 10 years as the resident organist of the First United Methodist Church of San Diego. Plimpton previously served as organist or music director for Christ Church Unity, Faith Presbyterian and Christ Lutheran Church of San Diego. He has also performed with the San Diego Symphony, Grossmont Symphony and San Diego Master Chorale. A Pennsylvania native, Plimpton’s background includes numerous significant positions on the East Coast, including serving as a faculty member of the Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts and Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

In an email to Wagner, city traffic engineer Crystal Cliame acknowledged that Madaffer in 2008 had requested no new traffic onto Greenbrier, but she said there was no way for the city to distinguish between new or old traffic, nor could such an intersection be designed. Wagner said the design of the Costco shopping center in La Mesa shows that such an intersection is possible. Drivers exiting that shopping center have only two options: turn left or right onto Fletcher Parkway. Driving straight across Fletcher Parkway onto Marengo Avenue is prohibited by a sign that says “NO THRU MOVES.” The city’s senior traffic engineer, Ann Gonsalves, wrote in an email to Wagner that traffic should be minimal onto Greenbrier — less than 20 trips in either direction at the busiest hour of the day, according to the environmental impact report. With so few residents moved into the apartments at this point, the real traffic and parking impacts on Greenbrier and other nearby streets remain to be seen. For now, most of the street parking in the area seems to be taken up by construction workers. —Write to Jeremy Ogul at■

Tifereth Israel finds success with new membership model

Last summer, Tifereth Israel Synagogue in San Carlos made an unusual change to its financing model. Instead of the conventional system of collecting mandatory membership dues, the synagogue shifted to a voluntary, pay-what-you-can model. The synagogue offers donation guidelines based on income level and operating needs, but it is up to congregants to decide what to give. Since instituting the new model, membership has grown by 10 percent and enrollment at the affiliated Silverman Preschool has doubled. “No Jew who wants to join our congregation will ever again feel daunted by the financial process inherent with the old system of fixed dues that can be difficult to afford for struggling families and young adults,” said Jerry Hermes, president of the congregation’s Board of Directors. “We were hoping that Jews who were looking for a stressfree and open synagogue experience would give us a long look, and we’ve been very pleased with the results.” More than 340 families, including nearly 600 people, are members of the synagogue, which was founded in 1905 and remains one of the larger conservative congregations in the region. —Does your Navajo-area religious institution have news you would like to share with the community? Please send items for consideration to the editor at Publication is not guaranteed. ■

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t has been an active month in Del Cerro. The possible construction of 26 homes in the canyon below the Chevron Station on College Avenue is still viable, SDG&E installed new utility pipes across College Avenue, the canyon below the Lake Murray Dam still remains an active place for transients, and negative activity in and around Adobe Falls continues to concern residents. As you are most likely aware, the proposal by ColRich to construct 26 homes south of the Chevron Station remains open. Tony Pauker, Vice President of Acquisitions for ColRich, made a presentation of the project at the July meetings of the Navajo Community Planners and the Del Cerro Action Council (DCAC). Pauker showed initial concept drawings of the homes that would be between 1,800 and 2,200 square feet on lots with a minimum of 5,000 square feet. The property is zoned “R-1,” or residential. The ColRich proposal includes ingress and egress from a new driveway at College Avenue just below the Chevron Station. The initial traffic study indicates traffic would be increased by only 1 percent. Pauker said ColRich has commissioned a second traffic study even though it is not required by the city because of the size of the project. Traffic is a concern because of the speed on College Avenue. As one resident pointed out, if you would live in the new development and take a child to Hearst Elementary, it would be difficult to get back home. After turning right on College Avenue from Del Cerro Boulevard, you would have to drive south all the way to Montezuma Road before you could make a legal U-turn to return to the entrance of the new neighborhood.

Pauker will keep us informed as the project moves forward. Check our website for updated information at The proposed project is a year away and we will have plenty of time for input to the city. ***** SDG&E has installed a new underground utility line through the intersection of Del Cerro Boulevard and College Avenue. The initial plan by SDG&E was to have construction and traffic delays during the day on seven consecutive Saturdays. Fortunately, Liz Saidkhanian of Councilmember Scott Sherman’s office negotiated to have the work done on consecutive nights to avoid daytime traffic congestion. ***** Considerable effort has been made by city departments to curtail the transient encampments in the canyon below the Lake Murray Dam, including by the city’s Code Enforcement Division, Public Utilities Department, Real Estate Assets Department and the Police Department. Numerous arrests have been made, and crime has decreased in our neighborhoods. There have been seven arrests and at least seven illegal encampments eliminated. However, the transients have returned on several occasions. The law requires that before an encampment can be removed, Code Enforcement employees must post a notice at the site giving the occupants a specific number of days to vacate the premises. If the transients move their encampment a certain distance, it is considered a new encampment and the process must start over. It is also expensive to remove the encampments at approximately $1,100 each time. Since the area involves the cities of San Diego and La Mesa, both police departments

are working together on crimerelated incidents. If you have a crime-related concern, report it to the Police Department. Call 9-1-1 if it is an emergency, or call the non-emergency line at 619-531-2000. You can also contact Sherman’s office — ask for Liz — at 619-236-6677. ***** The trespassing, littering and vandalism at Adobe Falls is an ongoing concern for residents living in the area. The property is owned by San Diego State University. “Our department defers to the SDSU Police Department for issues at Adobe Falls,” San Diego Police Lt. Mike Swanson said. “It is their jurisdiction. If the issue is not on SDSU property, call us.” I contacted SDSU President Elliot Hirshman. He is aware of the problem and his staff will be working more closely with Councilmember Sherman’s office and SDPD. On behalf of the DCAC, I requested a meeting with SDSU staff to include Councilmember Sherman, Eastern Division Police Captain Bernie Colon, Adobe Falls residents and members of the DCAC board. ***** DCAC Chair Mark Rawlins announced the next DCAC meeting will be Thursday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El, 6299 Capri Drive. Please note we will be meeting in the library, which will accommodate up to 40 people. Beginning in September, the Senior Center run by Jewish Family Services that has been at Temple Beth Israel in the College area, is moving to Temple Emanu-El. They have an extensive program and it is open to the public. —Jay Wilson is secretary of the Del Cerro Action Council. Write to him at jwilson@mtrp. org.■

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During the last six months, fifty-eight San Carlos Friends of the Library (SCFOL) volunteers donated 2,459 hours. Their efforts and your support allowed SCFOL — from an income of $34,547 — to donate $34,234 to our branch this fiscal year: $8,734 directly and $25,500 through the city’s matching fund programs that allow us to double your donation dollars. Over 90 percent of SCFOL’s annual income remains with our branch. We desperately need additional volunteers with strong backs from 3 to 5 p.m. to help put away unsold books after book sales on the first Saturday of the month. Our next sale is Sept. 5. Please leave your name and phone number at the library if you can help.

New San Carlos branch update

The branch’s 40th anniversary year rekindled within the community the burning question, “When will our new branch library be built?” A group of committed citizens has met for the last four months to research the answer to that question. Committee Members include April Boling (CPA), Rita Glick (managing librarian), Jerry Hotz (SCFOL treasurer), Sue Hotz (SCFOL board and publicity chair), Michael Lugo (retired architect), Judy McCarty (past SCFOL president and former District 7 councilmember), Ann McDonald (past president of SCFOL and Friends of the San Diego Public Library), Katherine Nakamura (member of the San Diego Library Commission and former member of the San Diego Unified school board), Judy Williams (current SCFOL president), Jay Wilson (executive director of Mission Trails Regional Park and member of Navajo Community Planners), Michael Winer (representing the family of Jack Winer, former pres-

A scene from a presentation by Literature Comes to Life. (Courtesy SCFOL)

ident of both SCFOL and Friends of the San Diego Public Library) and Mickey Zeichick (immediate past president of San Carlos Area Council). Our July meeting included several updates on various aspects of the project. Representatives from the state Department of Environmental Health provided information on the ongoing environmental mitigation at the empty lot at Jackson and Golfcrest. Katherine Nakamura and Kaby David Pfeifer, principal architect with Domusstudio, spoke about the design of the new branch. Cynthia Mainhardt, project officer with the city of San Diego, discussed contracts. Misty Jones, director of the city’s library system, spoke about project support. City Councilmember Scott Sherman gave an update on the availability of city financing. See more details from the meeting at The final design and construction start date will determine the final cost and financing needs. Current estimates run around $20 million. Contact any of the committee members if you would like to donate to the building fund for our new branch library. We promise to keep the community updated as progress continues toward reaching its long awaited goal.

Art in the library

Cynthia Robertson’s photographs are on display and available for purchase through Sept. 3 in the Winer Community Room & Art Gallery. From Sept. 8 to Oct. 1, Jody Miles will be our featured artist. A retired interior designer, Miles paints in oils and designs jewelry, which will be displayed and available for purchase at her Sept. 19 artist reception from noon to 2 p.m. Artists donate a portion of their sales to SCFOL.


The summer reading program is now over, so check with the librarians to receive your prizes. This fall, continue your pleasure reading by joining the librarian’s book club. On Sept. 10 at 12:30 p.m. they will be discussing “Shadow of the Wind” by Carlos Ruiz Zafron. Extra copies are available at the library. Our OASIS speaker on Sept. 18 at 1 p.m. is Kira Anthofer, who will instruct you on recording your life’s journey. On Aug. 28 at 2 p.m., bestselling local author Caitlin Rother — who wrote “Crime Doesn’t Pay,” “I’ll Take Care of You” and “Naked Addiction” — will tell us about the notorious, local and true murder stories behind two of her books. See LIBRARY page 14


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SDSU nursing students recognized for community service Michaela Choppin


everal San Diego State nursing students went above and beyond recently to improve the health of San Diego’s population by serving veterans, supporting the homeless, assisting Iraqi refugees, and contributing to domestic violence awareness. Their community service projects started as an assignment under the guidance of SDSU professor Janet Finkel, but every student decided to continue their project passed what was required and went the extra mile to serve more people. Recognizing them for their service and attitude, state Sen. Joel Anderson presented Senate Certificates of Recognition to the participants of the SDSU nursing program. “While pursuing their passion in nursing, these students have selflessly improved the lives of so many around them,” Anderson said. “We’re so fortunate to have such public-service minded and well-educated nurses entering the workforce.” Tess Thompson chose as her project to serve the refugee community in El Cajon.

SDSU nursing students. (Courtesy Janet Finkel)

“It’s eye-opening in El Cajon that we have such a large amount of Iraqi refugees, so it was really empowering to work with them,” Thompson said. “Language is a barrier for a lot of them, so to be able to go in and have translators talk about how we can provide care for them and educate them about antibiotics, nutrition and other things that they were interested in, is really great.” Each student contributed at least 90 hours of service towards helping those in their communities. “It gave me a perspective that I never had before, because you’re actually out in the community, and it puts faces to real

problems,” said Sandy Parksdale, another student in the program. Each student came away with a new or changed view of their community and a deeper understanding of why health care is such a vital part of our lives. “Building that health and wellness allows us to do everything else that we do,” Thompson said. “It’s what makes engineers go out and build buildings and roads, allows government to create a better society, and allows teachers to teach children. Without health, you can’t do any of that.” —Michaela Choppin is a legislative intern who writes on behalf of Sen. Joel Anderson’s office.■




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Youth programs

Youth services librarian Erin Moore has lined up a great new list of free fall programs for our youth. Tuesdays at 4 p.m. is Yoga and Stories for children ages 3 through 8. On early release Wednesdays (first, third and fifth Wednesday of every month), kids in kindergarten through fourth grade can enjoy our after-school special at 2 p.m. with stories, science and crafts. On the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 2 p.m., STEAM2 will present hands-on programs covering a

Aug. 21 - Sept. 17, 2015 variety of science, technology, engineering, art and music subjects. In September, they will be discussing food science. A process art class is open to children ages 3 through 8 on Thursdays at 4 p.m. Ms. Megan helps kids experiment with various art supplies and media. Preschool story time, songs and crafts are every Friday at 10 a.m. Our monthly free special event for kids of all ages will be Literature Comes to Life’s presentation of “Red Riding Hood” on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 1 p.m.

Just for fun adult programs The old time coffee klatch is alive on Mondays from 1 to 5 p.m. in our klatch — aka chat room — when the Crafting Circle meets. Share patterns, designs and stories with old friends or make new ones. Come and go as your schedule permits. Sept. 17 at 10:30 a.m. will be our final self-defense class, but Tai Chi continues on Mondays at 9:30 a.m. Chair yoga, stretch and tone, and meditation classes all continue through September. All program details can be found at —Sue Hotz is publicity chair on the board of the San Carlos Friends of the Library. ■

NEIGHBORHOODS Final summer concert in the park set for Sept. 4 Anthony



he Hoodoo Blues rocked Allied Gardens during the third concert in our four-part series at the Allied Gardens Community Park on Aug. 7. Our total annual audience attendance is now over 3,500! The concert series, AG First Fridays, presented by Ideal Plumbing, will play its last free concert in the park on Friday, Sept. 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. That evening, the Country Rockin’ Rebels will perform their signature brand of west coast Americana, country, blues and rock music to close out our summer concert series. Here’s their story: “Kid from Minnesota and a kid from Virginia meet out west and make music under the bright California sunshine. The boys were inspired by Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, The Hanks Three and The White Stripes, mixing the Bakersfield country boogie with down home southern rock and gritty blues. Now a

six-piece with an incomparable rhythm section, dueling slide and lead guitars as well as fiddle and pedal steel, Country Rockin’ Rebels attempt to bring passion, heart, creative songwriting as well as captivating musicianship to every performance.” AG First Fridays is the result of a collaboration between the Allied Gardens – Grantville Community Council, our local Kiwanis Club and the publishers of the Mission Times Courier. Our mission is to provide our neighbors and friends of all ages a venue where we can congregate, enjoy local musical talent and celebrate the summer as valued members of our community. Our goal is to make this a neighborhood tradition. Since permitting restrictions prevent us from having any food or drink for sale, we will encourage families to bring picnics and get to know their neighbors. We are very fortunate to have the financial support of the Teemsma family — owners of Ideal Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electrical — who have made a generous donation to become the title sponsor for this series.

Additional heavy lifting sponsors include San Diego City Councilmember Scott Sherman, Kaiser Permanente, Allied Gardens Shopping Center, Windmill Farms, Superior Ready Mix, Mission Trails Church, A-1 Self Storage and our Allied Gardens / Grantville Jersey Mike’s Subs. Please support our fine sponsors! If you would like to sponsor this community event next year, please call me at the number listed at the end of this article. All sponsorships are 501(c)(3) tax-deductible contributions. For updates and more information on the concert series, find AG First Fridays on Facebook and visit —I’m Anthony Wagner, president of Allied Gardens – Grantville Community Council. We represent the community interests of Allied Gardens and Grantville. Check out our new website at AlliedGardens. org. Feel free to call me at 619253-4989 or write me a note at or tweet @AnthonyWagnerSD. ■


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Handmade, from page 1 are a sharp contrast to the gadgetry that inhabited the space before Bowen opened Handmade. “I am quite familiar with Grossmont Center as I have been a patron for about 20 years. … It seemed like a very comfortable place for me to begin my shop,” said Bowen, who also lives in La Mesa. “I decided to open in Grossmont Center on a whim,” she admits. “I was walking through one day to find the perfect birthday present for my stepfather when I passed the open space I am now in. After spending over an hour trying to find a unique gift, it occurred to me that you cannot really find such a thing at the mall.” Before Handmade, Bowen sold her work online. She still operates three shops on Etsy: Her main site is LilyandPeabody, where she began with large-scale knitting and debuted her stuffed animals. After the animals took off, she gave them their own shop: TheKittyGram. Her third shop, EdithBarnswallow, focuses on larger home décor items. In the coming months, Bowen said the site will host a children’s book series called Big Kitty and Edie’s Magical Adventures, complete

The stuffed fox was inspired by Handmade owner Katharine Bowen’s grandfather. (Photo by Genevieve Suzuki)

with corresponding mini stuffed characters. For those of us who prefer to touch, see and squeeze our prospective stuffed pals, Bowen’s brick-and-mortar shop offers both ready-made stuffed animals and the opportunity for customers to pick a new animal for her to make along with their choice of colors and facial expressions. Bowen’s little zoo features cats, dogs, an opossum, a skunk and

an owl. She has also made wolves, pigs, sloths, rabbits and whales. Bowen also creates stuffed animals modeled after beloved pets. “They can send me a photo of their pet and I will match their color, markings, and hopefully, their personality,” Bowen. —Genevieve A. Suzuki is a freelance writer and former La Mesa Courier editor. Reach her by email at ■


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Welcome back to Patrick Henry High School

If your student is interested in joining a club, PHHS will have a “club day” during lunch after the first two weeks of school with all the club information and details shared for students who want to be involved. Back to School Night is scheduled for Sept. 17. Please also feel welcome to join and meet PHHS Principal Listy Gillingham on Friday, Aug. 21 at KnB Wine Cellars restaurant to support the new performing arts center, PHAME, from 6 - 9 p.m.!

Patrick Henry High School News PHHS Staff The Patrick Henry High School principal would like to welcome back everyone for the 2015-2016 school year. Registration is coming up. It’s very important that everyone who is planning on attending Henry comes to school early to pick up books and select classes. We have registration dates listed below and we need everyone to come in and let us know you will be there on Sept. 8, 2015 (our Opening Day).



Registration Details

Aug. 21

6 - 9 p.m.

Aug. 25 Aug. 26 Aug. 27 Aug. 28 Aug. 28

8 - 11 a.m. 8 - 11 a.m. 8 - 11 a.m. 8 - 11 a.m. 9 - 12 p.m.

Aug. 28

6:30 - 9 p.m.

Freshman parent fundraiser for PHAME at KnB Wine Cellars (6380 Del Cerro Blvd.) New student enrollment Freshman registration (Last names A - L) Freshman registration (Last names M - Z) Sophomore registration Link Crew/Patriot Camp (We would love to have every 9th grader attend this.) First home game for football

Aug. 31 Sept. 1

8 - 11 a.m. 8 - 11 a.m.

Junior registration Senior registration

Sept. 1

1 - 2:30 p.m.

New student enrollment

Members of Patrick Henry High School’s boys’ tennis team at finals. (Courtesy PHHS)

Tennis team reaches CIF Finals, wins sportsman awards The Patrick Henry boys’ tennis team reached CIF Finals for the first time since 1971. Led by new head coach Jack Einbinder, the varsity team fought its way to the finals against San Diego High School. The team celebrated a second-place win. Chad Osorno and Brandon Cooper qualified as a CIF doubles team after surviving five challenging rounds in the Eastern League Qualifiers. Osorno, who was also Patrick Henry’s top singles player, was also awarded the CIF Sportsman Award. (l to r) Front row: Connor Sheedy, Chad Osorno and Brandon Cooper. Back row: Alex Pham, Harrison Rohm, Cody Lefler, Blake Bowers, Matt Dromgoole, Mack Thomas, Andy Pham, Eden Lalouz, Quentin Norris, Joel Foster and coach Jack Einbinder.



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Patrick Henry High School Fall Sports Fall sports are beginning soon. If your son or daughter is interested in playing during the fall semester, they will need to get a clearance card to try out and participate to prove they are academically eligible and that their physician believes they are in good health to participate. PHHS offers the following sports:





Cross country (girls and boys)

Coach David Edward

Aug. 3

6 p.m.


Coach Mike Martinez Coach Charlie Equals

Aug. 3

Boys’ water polo

Girls’ golf Girls’ tennis Field hockey Girls’ volleyball (see website for private, non-schoolsponsored camp option)

Coach Chad Miller Karen Ronney Kenny Hasselbar Tyler Fernandez

Aug. 10

Sept. 8 Aug. 31 Aug. 10 Aug. 10


Lake Murray Park (main entrance off Lake Murray Blvd.) 11 a.m. Meet in boys’ locker room Freshmen 8:30 - 10 Allied Gardens Pool a.m.; 10th – 12th graders 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. at 3:00 p.m. Mission Trails Golf Course TBA Lake Murray Tennis Courts Henry Field Freshmen 3 - 5 p.m.; 10th – 12th graders 5 - 7 p.m.

East County Volleyball Academy (11655 Riverside Drive, Lakeside, California) until the Henry gym re-opens

If you have your clearance card, then just show up to the practice listed above (many sports continue to accept players beyond the first “tryout” date listed). If you do not have the card process completed (due to a physical), don’t worry. PHHS will offer clearance card checks using the following schedule for anyone who needs them: Aug. 3 at 11 a.m outside the Henry locker room; Aug. 3 at 6 p.m. at Lake Murray Community Park; Aug. 10 at 8:30 a.m. at Allied Gardens Pool. If that doesn’t work, please contact Mr. Lococo or Mrs. Gillingham.

Students will need to have:

A completed 2015-2016 athletics packet with all 18 pages. Do not use previous years’ packets. To download the packet, click on the “athletics” tab at top of page, then click link on left that says “Required Student Athletic Activity Forms”). Physical dated after May 1, 2015, signed and stamped by doctor Copy of June 2015 grades Copy of health insurance card Paperwork must be handed directly to Coach Lococo or Mr. Good. Do not leave it with anyone else!

PHHS alumnus excels at SDSU in international competition Austin Owens (PHHS Class of 2011) recently led the SDSU to victory at the worldwide Autonomous Underwater Vehicle competition. The SDSU Mechatronics Club participated for the second time in the 18th annual RoboSub competition, a six-day event hosted by the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and the Office of Naval Research (ONR). This year, there were 38 teams from around the world competing and running their autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) through the obstacle course at the SPAWAR Transdec Pool. The AUV is autonomous, which means it has no pilot; it can think for itself and make decisions based on the environment around it. During the finals, Mechatronics was against National University of Singapore, Maritime State University (Russia), California Institute of Technology, University of Arizona, Far Eastern Federal University (Russia) and Amador Valley High School. The Mechatronics AUV, Defiance, was able to com-

plete the course so quickly that the team also achieved a time bonus, which bumped up their score and allowed them to take first place and win the cash prize of $6,000. National University of Singapore came in second place, and Maritime State University came in third place. This is the first time a team from San Diego has ever made


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News from the San Carlos Area Council John F. Pilch The next meeting of the San Carlos Area Council (SCAC) is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 2 at 6 p.m. in the Community Room at the San Carlos Branch Library, 7265 Jackson Drive. Our guest speaker will be David Akin, Esq., customer advocate for the city’s Public Utilities Department. Akin will discuss the proposed increase in water and sewer rates that will be the subject of a vote by the entire City Council in November and will provide an explanation for the 17 percent increase being sought. If you want to learn more about this topic and how it will affect your water bill in the future, please plan to attend. Akin will respond to questions from the audience following his presentation. As usual, the event is open to the public and there is no charge to attend. ***** In an effort to schedule Mayor Kevin Faulconer as a guest speaker, we joined with Jay Wilson of the Del Cerro Action Council and are working with the mayor’s office to have him address the residents of the Navajo neighborhoods on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at Tifereth Israel Synagogue at 6:30 p.m. We advised his community representative, Anthony George, that we’d like to learn more about the mayor’s plans for the city, the Chargers issue and infrastructure issues, among others. We will send updates to the SCAC email list when we have additional information. See the bottom of this article on how to sign up for updates. ***** The Navajo Community Planners, Inc. (NCPI) did not meet in August, when they are normally dark. Their next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Tifereth Israel Synagogue on Tommy Drive and Cowles Mountain Boulevard. Please note the new day and time of their meetings. More information and agendas are available at Given that the city has received an application for a proposed development at the Cleveland Elementary School property at 6365 Lake Atlin Ave., we presume the proposal will be on the Sept. 9 NCPI agenda for a presentation by the applicant developer and a vote by the NCPI board. When more information is made available, it will be sent to the SCAC email list. ***** On local issues, the proposed Joint-Use Agreement for artificial turf at Gage Elementary School was again continued by the city’s Park & Recreation Board and may be heard at its meeting in September. The sewer replacement project on Jackson Drive, from Lake Shore Drive to Lake Murray Boulevard, has allegedly been completed, although we observed contractors marking the roadway in mid-August. Then, the repaving of Jackson Drive began

on Aug. 11, from Navajo Road to the east, as promised. And again, no, we don’t know why there is a pause in the sewer replacement work, but we anticipate that it will continue shortly, since the roadway has been marked for additional work. We’re scratching our head about the re-paving over the marked-up roadway and hope that this is being coordinated at City Hall, so the roadway is not dug up after it’s been re-paved. We have no additional information to share before press time. ***** We are pleased to report that the crops being grown in the San Carlos Community Garden continue to flourish, in spite of the heat and the critters that think the greens are being grown for them. If you’re interested in raising your own fruits and vegetables in this garden, please visit for details. The community garden is located at the corner of Lake Adlon Drive and Boulder Lake Avenue, adjacent to Springall Academy, 6440 Boulder Lake Drive. We just learned that open houses will continue in August and September on Saturday mornings from 9-11 a.m., so stop by to see for yourself. ***** We look forward to instituting some changes this year, including a resumption of collecting dues, reinstituting the SCAC newsletter electronically and becoming more actively involved in community events and activities. A letter and return envelope was mailed to all members on the most recent list, with a request for $7 per household and $15 for a business, which will be listed in the electronic newsletter and other electronic mailings from the SCAC. We’d like prior members to return and are soliciting new members in this article. Please send your check to SCAC, P.O. Box 19246, San Diego, CA 92159-0246. We’ll work to develop a website and enhance the bi-monthly meeting experience. Many thanks to those who have already sent in their dues checks. We’re interested in hearing from residents about ideas to enhance our community and ask that you send your thoughts and suggestions to to be considered by our 11-member board. ***** For information about speakers, meeting reminders and agendas and other local news, please send an email message to and request that your name be added to the SCAC Interested Party email list. Rest assured that your privacy will be respected and neither your name nor your email address will be shared with anyone. Messages are sent “Bcc” to prevent you from being spammed. Finally, if you have an issue you wish us to consider or just have a question about the community, please contact me at 619-462-1408 or by email at Thank you. —John F. Pilch is the president of the San Carlos Area Council. ■




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7 ways to help trees and shrubs survive heat and drought Gary Jones


t’s one thing to let our lawns go brown when water is tight. They probably shouldn’t have been planted in the first place. A thoughtful reimagining will no doubt result in a reasonably easy-to-achieve and beautiful substitution. Trees and shrubs are another matter, however. They are not easily replaced, nor should we be doing so. Most well-established trees and shrubs are quite waterwise with the exceptions being some tropical plants. Removing, replanting and establishing new trees and shrubs will likely require more water than what has been uprooted. Nevertheless, these largescale plants won’t survive long without at least some water and a minimal bit of care.

Here’s what to consider: The unusually high humidity we are having this summer is helping. While it’s hard on people, it helps plants remain hydrated, lessening the effects desiccating, hot, dry air. Rather than just giving up

Mulching around trees and bushes will help retain moisture in the soil. (Photos courtesy of Armstrong Garden Centers)

and hoping for the best, make a plan to take care of your garden during the torrid months of August, September and October. An occasional deep watering is what trees and shrubs need to survive. Start by creating a basin or “well” around the trees and shrubs that are no longer being watered automatically. It should hold 3- to 4-inches of water.Unlimited hand-watering with a hose-end shutoff valve is permitted in California. Fill your

“wells” two or three times from any device with a shut-off valve every three to four weeks. Mulch the soil around trees and shrubs. This will help retain whatever moisture is in the soil. You will want to apply a 2- to 3-inch layer of shredded or chunked bark, oak leaves, or any organic material that is very slow to break down. Keep the mulch about 6 inches away from trunks. Mulch out to the drip line — the outward limits

of the plant’s leaves. Don’t feed with a high-nitrogen fertilizer. This is the opposite of normal tree and shrub feeding. Usually you want the lush, new growth that nitrogen promotes. But during a drought, you want to avoid new growth that will require additional water support. Instead, feed with a high phosphorus fertilizer that will encourage new root growth, helping plants to access more of the available water. Don’t give trees or shrubs a heavy trimming until late October when the weather cools. Trimming them now will only encourage new growth, which will require more water to support them. Most of these suggestions are excellent practices for Mediterranean climates at all times, not just during droughts. If we get normal rain during our rainy season, return to typical tree and shrub fertilizers for feeding. —Gary Jones is Chief Horticulturist at Armstrong Garden Centers. Email your drought and gardening questions to■


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Mr. Spicy 6618 Mission Gorge Road (Grantville) 619-546-6686 Prices: Soups and appetizers, $2.99 to $7.99; entrees, $6.99 to $13.99; lunch specials (available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday), $5.99 to $7.99


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ur faces grew long when arriving at the doors of Szechuan Mandarin on Mission Gorge Road, an oldschool Chinese restaurant that has long quelled our hankerings for zesty pork dumplings and chili-laced stir-fries. It was closed for remodeling and still is. So with a maniacal desire to find something similar, we drove north on the street and discovered a more powerful mouth burn at Mr. Spicy in the Village Square plaza. Located toward the back of the complex, we were immediately struck by the high-resolution photographs of menu items canvassing its front windows — not the faded, unappetizing kind common to other casual Chinese eateries. These hinted at bright, quality food. Inside, we were greeted by a fast-smiling waitress speaking in limited English. From what we gathered, she co-owns the small, newish restaurant with her husband, who would occasionally shout out to customers with a glint in his eyes while cooking from the semi-open kitchen, “Spicy enough?” In most cases the answer was “yes,” given that few dishes escape the spirited combination of red chili peppers and fresh jalapenos. The pork dumplings we so craved were the first dish we ordered. Unlike their spicy, oiled counterparts at Szechuan Mandarin, these were naked, wetter and tamer, but considerably chubbier from their ginger-kissed pork fillings. Better yet, they came 12 to an order. The egg drop soup was expectedly mild, although rosy in color and less plain-tasting than others, thanks to juicy bits of tomatoes mingling with carrots, peas and the wispy eggs. We also ordered hot and sour soup, which for once didn’t taste like 80 percent vinegar. The sour component stemmed mainly from generous measures of tender cabbage bobbing within the pep-

pery broth. Chinese dry pots are the soupless incarnations of classic hot pots. They’re constructed here with chicken, fish, lamb, beef or tofu, in addition to a bounty of colorful vegetables that includes bamboo shoots, snap peas, celery and double doses of chili peppers. We chose the chicken dry pot, served in a metal urn and kept warm by Sterno. The presentation and flavors were gorgeous, and the amount of tender chicken meat was surprisingly abundant for a dish costing only $8.99. Two people can easily share it and possibly end up with leftovers. Perhaps it was overkill, but I had to try the “kong” pao chicken, which also yielded scads of meat and didn’t fall short on peanuts or chili peppers. As with all of the entrees, you must inspect every forkful of food before shoveling it into your mouth. Otherwise you risk incinerating your uvula with sneaky bits of chili peppers and their unforgiving seeds that surfaced continuously in our main courses. In a subsequent visit, I started with a stack of six extra-crispy spring rolls. The waitress-owner admitted reluctantly they are not made in-house, but stressed “they are very good with all vegetables inside.” She was right. I also tried a weakly flavored onion cake that sprang to life with a few drops of chili oil. Its texture was comforting, like a cross between phyllo pastry and a grilled flour tortilla. For saucy dishes such as Szechwan shrimp, hot and sour cabbage or the Kung pao choices, it acts as a more interesting mop than white rice. A few dishes across the menu are preceded with the words “local flavor,” such as the pork dish I ordered afterwards. It basically means that those particular proteins are served in chili sauce and accented heavily with fresh cilantro. Spicy and delicious it was, although I wasn’t nuts about the pork’s long, wormy cuts. It was as though the meat had been extruded from a sausage maker. There are several dishes that will lure me back when the gods of capsaicin call again. Among the

hottest that I’ll dare try are greenchili shrimp in hot sauce, dry pot flounder, cumin lamb, and sliced beef in Szechwan sauce. The menu caters kindly to timid palates with almond chicken, walnut shrimp and chow mein. But with a name like Mr. Spicy, why bother coming if your taste buds aren’t ready for a thrill? —Frank Sabatini Jr. is the author of “Secret San Diego” (ECW Press), and began his local writing career more than two decades ago as a staffer for the former San Diego Tribune. You can reach him at fsabatini@■

A dry pot (top left), crispy egg rolls (above) and a pork entrée (below). (Photos by Frank Sabatini Jr.)

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CALENDAR Road, Mission Valley) from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Visit meetinginfo for more information and to register.

Taste of Old Town Thursday, Sept. 10


Fridays: “Jazz at the Cosmo” at The Cosmopolitan Restaurant and Hotel. Free. 6:30 p.m. 2660 Calhoun St., Old Town. Charlie Arbelaez Trio at The Rook. Free. 9 p.m. 7745 University Ave., La Mesa. Jazz Happy Hour at the Handlery Hotel’s 950 Lounge. Free. 5:30 p.m. 950 Hotel Circle North, Mission Valley. Saturdays: Jazz with George and Alan at Bistro Sixty. Free. 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. 5987 El Cajon Blvd., College Area. Douglas Kvandal with the LiveJazz! Quartet at the Amigo Spot at Kings Inn. Free. 7 p.m. 1333 Hotel Circle South, Mission Valley. 

Pop Tuesdays: Suzanne Shea and Bob Wade at Bistro Sixty. Free. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. 5987 El Cajon Blvd., College Area. Fridays: Nathan Welden at Bistro Sixty. Free. 6:30 p.m. 5987 El Cajon Blvd., College Area. Aug. 22: Nina Francis at Navajo Live Bar. Free. 9 p.m. 8515 Navajo Road, San Carlos. 

Classical Aug. 23: Amy Kanner on Celtic harp at Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center Auditorium. Free. 3 – 4 p.m. 1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Carlos. Aug. 27: “Faithfully – A symphonic tribute to the music of Journey” at Embarcadero Marina Park South. $22+. 7:30 p.m. 200 Marina Park Way, Downtown. Sept. 2: James David Simmons plays Chopin Etudes (Op. 25) on piano at SDSU’s Smith Recital Hall. Free. Noon to 1 p.m. 5500 Campanile Drive, College Area. Sept. 16: Cellist Alex Greenbaum at SDSU’s Smith Recital Hall. Free. Noon to 1 p.m. 5500 Campanile Drive, College Area.

Alternative/Rock Aug. 28: 6one9 at Navajo Live Bar. Free. 9 p.m. 8515 Navajo Road, San Sept. 4: Harley and The Pirates at Pal Joey’s. Free. 9 p.m. 5147 Waring Road, Allied Gardens. Sept. 10: Peter Bolland performing Neil Young songs at Vision Center for Spiritual Living. $15. 7 p.m. 6154 Mission Gorge Road, Suite 100, Grantville.

Other Aug. 29: N. Scott Robinson (world percussion) at Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center Auditorium. Free. 3 – 4 p.m. 1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Carlos. Sept. 4: Allied Gardens First Fridays featuring Country Rockin’ Rebels at Allied Gardens Recreation Center. Free. 6 – 8 p.m. 5155 Greenbrier Ave., Allied Gardens. Sept. 6: The Peter Pupping Band (Latin-inspired) at Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center Auditorium. Free. 3 – 4 p.m. 1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Carlos. Sept. 9: Saxophonist Michael Couper at SDSU’s Smith Recital Hall. Free. Noon to 1 p.m.. 5500 Campanile Drive, College Area. Sept. 14: World Music Series at SDSU’s Smith Recital Hall. Tickets $12 - $15. 6 p.m. 5500 Campanile Drive, College Area. Sept. 17: “World Peace Through Music” benefit concert at Vision Center for Spiritual Living. $20 donation. 7 – 10 p.m. 6154 Mission Gorge Road, Suite 100, Grantville.

—Compiled by Jen Van Tieghem. Bands, venues and music-lovers, please submit listings for this calendar by emailing■

FEATURED EVENTS St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church’s annual rummage sale Friday, Aug. 21 and Saturday, Aug. 22 From 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. each day, St. Dunstan’s (6556 Park Ridge Blvd., San Carlos) will host their annual rummage sale. Books, toys, household items, sporting equipment, clothes, seasonal items, decorations and a variety of other items will be available. The “collectibles room” will showcase interesting finds. The proceeds of this rummage sale will benefit several charities including ISN Shelter, El Nido, The StoreFront and other outreach programs. Visit for more information.

This event gives attendees the chance to sample food and beverages from local restaurants while meandering through Old Town. Various locations will also host live music and entertainment to keep with the festive vibe. A trolley will provide free shuttle service with several stops throughout Old Town. Taste of Old Town will be held from 6 – 9 p.m. Participating restaurants include Barra Barra Saloon, Old Town Mexican Café, Old Town Tequila Factory, Rockin’ Baja Lobster and more. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 the day of the event, and $25 for food only (designated drivers). Visit  for more information and visit bit. ly/1WdAvs7  for a chance to win tickets from Mission Times Courier.

Rosh Hashanah Celebration ‘Firescaping with waterwise Friday, Sept. 11 This special luncheon will plants’ gardening class feature live Yiddish, Hebrew Saturday, Aug. 22 For this gardening class, Armstrong Garden Centers will teach the basic principles and provide plant suggestions for designing a firescape for your home. The Mission Valley/Grantville store is located at 10320 Friars Road; there are several other San Diego Armstrong locations. This session starts at 9 a.m. Visit for more information.

‘Dance and Zumba Extravaganza’ by Party Fitness Studio Sunday, Aug. 30 Party Fitness Studio – located in Grantville – is celebrating its five-year anniversary with a “Dance and Zumba Extravaganza” at Fuse Nightclub (379 Fourth Ave., Downtown). The event will feature nightclub amenities like a full bar, photo booth and DJ; and also include fitness vendors with samples, live dance performances — including Party Fitness Zumba instructors — and more. The festivities will take place from 4 – 9 p.m. and tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Guests must be 21 or older. For VIP tables and packages, call Ninfa Skezas at 619-948-2333. Visit for more information.

Sixth annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Day Thursday, Sept. 10 The San Diego ASIS Chapter hosts this yearly ceremony and luncheon recognizing and celebrating the achievements of San Diego County law enforcement investigators. San Diego District Attorney’s Office chief investigator Adolfo Gonzales will be the keynote speaker. Awards will be presented to investigators from several local agencies. The event will be held at the Admiral Baker Clubhouse (2400 Admiral Baker

and popular tunes by Yochanan Sebastian Winston and Tommy Gannon. The festivities will take place at noon at the College Avenue Center (new location inside Temple Emanu-El: 6299 Capri Dr., College Area). Note: the College Avenue Center will be closed Monday, Sept. 14 and Tuesday, Sept. 15 in observance of the holiday. Visit for more information.

Grossmont and Helix high schools class of 1952 reunion Thursday, Sept. 17 The class of ’52 is celebrating 63 years since graduation with a luncheon for both Grossmont and Helix high school alumni. The event will be held at Sycuan Resort (3007 Dehesa Road, El Cajon) at noon. The fee is $21 per person for lunch. RSVP and direct questions to Pat Howes at 619-461-6243

Second annual ‘World Peace Through Music’ fundraising concert Thursday, Sept. 17 VISION: A Center for Spiritual Living (6154 Mission Gorge Road, Grantville) will host this benefit concert to raise money for the Playing for Change Foundation with the goal of building music and art schools for children around the world. Over a dozen local musicians will donate their talents to this special event, playing music from around the world including songs from Brazil, Hawaii, France and more. There will also be a bake sale (benefitting the Clean Stove Initiative) and a raffle of gift baskets to raise additional funds. The concert kicks off at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Visit VisionCSL. org/playing-for-change for more information on the event and for more on the foundation.

Cub Scout roundup Thursday, Sept. 17

Cub Scout Pack 975 invites all boys in first through fifth grades to join the pack, which serves residents of Allied Gardens, Del Cerro and San Carlos. The 6 p.m. roundup is an opportunity for scouts to register and get to know the group. Parents who are new to Cub Scouts can meet the den leaders and learn more about Pack 975 at a special meeting for new parents on Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. Regular den and pack meetings are held Thursday evenings at St. Therese Parish, at the corner of College Avenue and Navajo Road. For more information, send an email to or visit

16th annual Taste of the Mission Friday, Sept. 18 This event will take place from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. in the courtyard of the Mission San Diego de Alcalá (10818 San Diego Mission Road, Mission Valley/Grantville). It will include wine and beer tasting, food samples, live music, and a raffle and silent auction. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Funds raised will benefit parish religious education and students attending Catholic schools. Visit MissionSanDiego. org for more information.

‘Best of the Best’ Film Festival Thursday, Sept. 18 and Friday, Sept. 19 This festival features the finest fiction and documentary short films by students in San Diego State University’s Television, Film and New Media Production program. The films, which were selected by a jury of SDSU faculty members, will be screened at the Don Powell Theatre at SDSU. The program will last approximately an hour and a half beginning at 7 p.m. on Sept. 17 and at 8 p.m. on Sept. 18. Tickets are $10. Visit for more information.

‘The Lawyer in Blue Jeans’ Monday, Sept. 21 Local attorney Jeff Isaac will be available starting at 1 p.m. to answer questions and talk about the law. Known as the “Lawyer in Blue Jeans” for his approachable style, Isaac specializes in wills and trusts. This event will be held at noon at the College Avenue Center (new location inside Temple Emanu-El: 6299 Capri Dr., College Area). Visit for more information.

Community holiday chorus rehearsals Monday, Sept. 21 – Monday, Nov. 30 The California Note Catchers annual holiday concert is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 6. Rehearsals start Sept. 21 for community singers and the local women’s a cappella group California Note Catchers. Participants will learn a minimum of two holiday songs arranged in four-part harmony to be performed at the concert. See CALENDAR page 23


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Calendar, from page 22 The weekly rehearsals are from 7 – 9 p.m. (community singers are only required to stay for the first hour) in the Social Hall at the La Mesa United Methodist Church (4690 Palm Ave.) No experience required. A deposit of $20 per singer is requested to cover the cost of sheet music and will be returned at the end of the program; rehearsals are free. Visit for more information.

Clever Talks Saturday, Sept. 26 This concert-like conference event will feature guest speakers and celebrities including Lil Jon, Jenna Marbles and more. Clever Talks is “a movement to empower and inspire individuals to reach their potential, think outside the box, and ultimately fulfill their purpose.” The speakers at this year’s conference will share personal stories about their road to success and how they realized their dreams. There will also be live entertainment from DJs along with vendor booths and more. An interactive area featuring these booths will be open to the public from noon – 4:30 p.m. and for ticketed attendees from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. The conference will be held from 7:30 – 10:15 p.m. Tickets start at $35. Clever Talks will be held at San Diego State University’s Viejas Arena (5500 Canyon Crest Drive, College Area). Visit CleverTalks. com for more information.


Benjamin Branch Library, 5188 Zion Ave., Allied Gardens. Chair Yoga: 2:30–3:30 p.m., free class where yoga stretches are performed sitting on a chair. No mats needed. San Carlos Branch Library, 7265 Jackson Drive, San Carlos. Sancarlosfrie

Wednesdays: Feeling Fit Club: 1–2 p.m., free class for seniors 60 years and up to improve balance, strength and flexibility. Wesley United Methodist Church, 5380 El Cajon Blvd., College Area. Call 858-4955500 ext. 3. College Avenue Farmers Market: 3–7 p.m., hosted by the College Avenue Baptist church, this market has certified locally grown produce and handmade arts and crafts. 62nd Street and El Cajon Boulevard, College Area/Rolando. Locals Night: 3–8 p.m., residents of 92120, 92115, 92116, 92123 and 92108 are eligible for $2 pours of the brewery’s “beer of the day.” Benchmark Brewing, 6190 Fairmount Ave. Suite G, Grantville. Benchmarkbrewing. com. Game Night:  6–9:30 p.m., bring your own or play what’s available while enjoying traditional and vegan donuts. Donut Panic, 6171 Mission Gorge Road #113, Grantville. DonutpanicSD.

Thursdays: Karaoke: 9 p.m., hosted by Erica at your favorite neighborhood haunt. Pal Joey’s, 5147 Waring Road, Allied Gardens.





Rock Star Karaoke with Jae: 9 p.m. Let your inner rock star shine. Pal Joey’s, 5147 Waring Road, Allied Gardens. Feeling Fit Club: 8:30–9:30 a.m., free class for seniors 60 years and up to improve balance, strength and flexibility. Cohen Social Hall at Tifereth Israel Synagogue, 6660 Cowles Mountain Blvd., San Carlos. Brilliant Babies Storytime: Noon, recommended for pre-walkers. Allied Gardens/

Curbside Bites: 5–9 p.m., gathering of gourmet food trucks at Westfield Mission Valley mall, 1640 Camino Del Rio N., Mission Valley. Karaoke: 9 p.m., karaoke to close out your weekend. Camel’s Breath Inn, 10330 Friars Road Suite 106, Grantville.  Camelsbreathinnsd. com.  —Want to see your event listed on our community calendar? Send event details to jeremy@■


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